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Going to build my first htpc, Got the infinitv 4 card now I got a buddy that is selling me a I7880 with Intel DP55kg board for 250 looked around and seen mixed reviews but none of them where for htpc's, just want to make sure its a good setup for htpc and a good price.
 

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none of them where for htpc's, just want to make sure its a good setup for htpc and a good price.

That is because it is a powerful beast and way over-kill for a HTPC.

It is decent value for the money but HTPC's which (typically) run 24/7 or a majority of the time are low-powered.

The i7 880 is more than capable of the job.

However, if all you are going to use this setup for is a simple HTPC, you might be better off looking at a newer i3 or the AMD Fusion chips. These chips come with graphics on the same die and there is no need for a separate video or audio card (both via HDMI) for HTPC duties.

If you plan on gaming or using this machine for photo/video editing, then the i7 might be worth it.
 
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